8 days in Utah, Colorado & Peoria Itinerary

8 days in Utah, Colorado & Peoria Itinerary

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Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Arches National Park
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Fly
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Peoria
— 1 night
Fly

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Arches National Park

— 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Escape the urban bustle at Arches National Park Scenic Drive and Windows. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace, make a trip to Delicate Arch, stroll through Landscape Arch, and hike along Double Arch.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park trip builder website.

New York City to Arches National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Arches National Park. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Arches National Park, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Bryce.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Bryce

— 3 nights
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fairyland Loop Trail and Rainbow Point. Escape the urban bustle at Queen's Garden Trail and Natural Bridge. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point, catch some excitement at Ruby's Horseback Adventures, and take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bryce trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Arches National Park to Bryce by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Arches National Park in May, things will get little chillier in Bryce: highs are around 63°F and lows about 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Animas River Trail.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip planner.

You can drive from Bryce to Durango in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. May in Durango sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Peoria.

Things to do in Durango

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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Peoria

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): stroll through Wildlife Prairie Park, then see the interesting displays at Caterpillar Visitors Center, and then explore and take pictures at Grand View Drive.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Peoria trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Peoria takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Durango to Peoria is 1 hour. Traveling from Durango in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Peoria, with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Peoria

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.